Pagani’s Huayra Roadster jumps the Geneva gun

Feb 16 2017, 4:07 pm
Pagani’s Huayra Roadster jumps the Geneva gun

After issuing a few teaser pictures in the run up to the Geneva Motor Show, Pagani has gone unexpectedly early with full images of its Huayra Roadster. The car in question is everything you’d expect from the tiny Modonese maker, however, with a twin-turbo AMG V12 mounted amidships beneath typically extravagant active-aero bodywork.

It’s been six years since Pagani revealed the fixed-head Huayra at Geneva, and it seems the time has been well spent. The use of a new carbon-titanium composite means the Roadster is not only 80kg lighter than the coupe – unusual in itself – but also 52 per cent stiffer.

Power is lifted from the limited and extreme Huayra BC, providing around 750bhp and 1000NM of torque. This will be transmitted via the seven-speed sequential ‘box that was also developed for the BC.

Performance is therefore expected to be the alarming side of blistering, with a three second sprint to 60mph highly likely and a top speed well in excess of 200mph

Unusually the Roadster will also be offered with two roof options, one a rigid carbon Targa top with a glass window, the other a traditional cloth that can be stowed away in case of an unexpected deluge.

The Roadster has all the hallmarks of another classic Pagani product, built to unbelievably exacting standards for a select and wealthy few. Its 100-unit run has, inevitably, already sold out, and that despite a £2million price tag.